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Self-Harm and Overcoming Post-Thanksgiving Stressors

Self-Harm and Overcoming Post-Thanksgiving Stressors

Besides stuffing your face with mashed potatoes and turkey, Thanksgiving time can be difficult for many. For some, traveling causes anxiety and since Thanksgiving is the most traveled time of the year, emotions can be at an all time high. Sometimes being around family can be nerve-racking, especially if you don’t see them that often. Many self-harmers lack confidence and have body image insecurities. Therefore, being surrounded by food may also become stressful.

With Thanksgiving being over, there can’t possibly be any more stressors to deal with, right?

Wrong.

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Gratitude in the Midst of Trauma: Why Thankfulness Matters

Gratitude in the Midst of Trauma: Why Thankfulness Matters

Active trauma memory – memory that gets triggered, is intrusive, and is invariably painful – will disturb your state of mind, your focus, your ability to be productive, and any sense of hope for the future you may still possess. Put simply, it alters your present perspective on life, and never for the better. Pushing back against such an assault well may seem impossible, but that does not have to be the case. One management tactic of proven value that almost anyone can use is the practice of cultivating a sense of gratitude.

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Walking Meditation – Your First Small Steps

Walking Meditation – Your First Small Steps

Walking meditation , walking that is just walking, with a mind as fully alive as you can let happen, is a great stress management activity. Learn how.

We perform mindfulness meditation to notice, to be right up against, the mystery of What Happens Next. The more you observe, the more the mystery will grow. If you’ll but notice, this mystery will play with you.

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Rocketing Mania vs Bone-Crushing Depression: Bipolar Moods

Rocketing Mania vs Bone-Crushing Depression: Bipolar Moods

Bipolar mania rocks until the depression crash crushes the life from you. Learn how to maximize the bipolar highs to offset the effects of the depression lows.

Life doesn’t halt simply because a mental illness exists, as much as I might wish the world would occasionally stop and let me off. How can you maximize the highs and offset the lows of bipolar disorder?

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Reduce PTSD Symptoms With Mindfulness

Reduce PTSD Symptoms With Mindfulness

Ever been caught off guard with quick and shallow breathing, increased heartbeat, foggy thinking or sweaty palms? Most likely that’s because an unconscious thought has gotten loose and is wreaking havoc in your body. Your PTSD symptoms were triggered, and you couldn’t stop your body’s response, and none of that is your fault. But you can reduce these bodily responses by becoming more mindful of your thoughts.

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Eating Disorder Anniversaries

Eating Disorder Anniversaries

A lot of people I’ve talked to on my journey in and out (and in and out) of this eating disorder hell have told me that there are periods of the year that are more difficult for them because of eating disorder memories or landmarks. I often think of them as anniversaries. It’s more than that general tension at holidays or the beginning of the school year – these anniversaries mark something (good or bad) and become a measuring stick.

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You Can Be Confident All Day Long

Want to feel more confident everyday? Try these tips for overcoming self-doubt and build unshakeable confidence in every moment of the day.

You Can Be Confident All Day Long

Every day you are faced with situations that can make or break your confidence. A late start, coffee spill, or inbox full of emails can stress you out, and bring about self-doubt. Interactions with others can lift you up or bring you way down. These experiences don’t have to take over your day, but often times they do. Rather than letting them get to you, try adding in these confidence building activities to keep you thinking positive throughout the day.

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Anxiety Has Always Been Part of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Anxiety Has Always Been Part of the Thanksgiving Holiday

Thanksgiving happens regardless of anyone’s physical or mental well-being.  That can feel cruel.  Anxiety, for example, can be particularly difficult to deal with on a day that can bring such stress.  It’s a phenomenon that’s been occurring for centuries.

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Why You Can’t Give Up On Bipolar Treatment, Even If Your Doctor Does

Why You Can’t Give Up On Bipolar Treatment, Even If Your Doctor Does

When I was first diagnosed, I went through 18 months of medication trials without success. I initially tried a bunch of antidepressants thanks to misdiagnosis and then I went through mood stabilizers when it was confirmed that I had bipolar disorder.

And every medication was pretty much the same. I would take the drug, it would induce horrible side effects, I wouldn’t be able to tolerate the drug and then I would have to try something else. It was unadulterated hell.

After 18 months of that, I went to my psychiatrist’s appointment, sat down and looked at my doctor as he threw his hands in the air and said, “I can’t help you. You’re no longer my patient.”

My doctor had fired me.

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ADHD and Driving: Risks and Strategies

ADHD and Driving: Risks and Strategies

Mom, can I have the keys to go meet Cheryl at the mall?”

“Dad, I just need the car for about an hour so I can take my friends to get some ice-cream.”

“Mom, it’s so hot out! Can I just drive to the pool?”

Not only do adults often drive more in the summer, particularly on highways while on vacation, but teens who are no longer confined to the school setting often drive more as well.

If you are an adult with ADHD or have a teen diagnosed with ADD, extra caution may be needed.

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